MA Counselling Children and Young People

The MA Counselling Children and Young People is a one-year master's research and dissertation stage open to students who have previously completed Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People at University of South Wales.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

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Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C

You will have the opportunity to choose between conducting an academic research dissertation and delivering a professional practice project in the community. Whichever you choose, it will need to be on a topic relevant to Counselling Children and Young People. 

You will learn about a range of appropriate research, evaluation and project management methodologies and methods to support you in the development, implementation and completion of your final submission. You will be allocated a personal academic supervisor or project mentor to provide expert guidance, advice and support through the process. 


Teaching consists of seven days of tutor facilitated teaching and learning and nine hours of direct dissertation supervision or project mentoring.

All tutor facilitated days will take place on a Friday from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

Supervision or mentoring meetings would be negotiated directly and arranged flexibly with the designated member of staff.


Depending on whether you have chosen to follow an academic research dissertation or an applied professional project route, you will either submit a 17,000 word Dissertation or a 17,000 word Project Portfolio for summative assessment.

There will be a number of formative assessment opportunities set throughout the year that support your progression towards you final Dissertation or Project submission.


There is no formal requirement for a placement during this year, however, the nature of the applied professional project route will require you to negotiate and secure access to, and support from a relevant sector organization, for delivery and/or evaluation of your proposed project.


A light, modern suite of rooms at Newport City Campus. IT and library facilities including access to appropriate data analysis software.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People as well as post-qualifying counselling experience or experience of working with young people
  • You must also be a registered member of an appropriate professional body, eg BACP
  • Two references must be uploaded with your application, and one must be from your clinical supervisor

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £47.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS update service £13
Whilst optional at present, we strongly recommend you sign up for this service, especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note you must register with the update service within 30 days of your enhanced DBS certificate being issued.
Professional indemnity insurance * £120
Placement travel *
Students have to fund travel and subsistence costs for their work placements. Costs will vary, depending on location.
Other: data collection
Travel or other costs for data collection for research project, if required
Professional Body Student Fees *
Cost depends on membership body

Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of counselling Children and Young People, including specialist knowledge gained by your own research dissertation or applied professional project findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and employability as a therapist in the statutory, commercial and third sector.

There may also be opportunities for you to progress on to a PhD or research degree.

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